Responding to the Etiwanda Fire in Southern California

In response to the Etiwanda Fire burning near Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Direct Relief has offered assistance to its health center and clinic partners in the area.

Nearly 1,700 homes have been ordered to evacuate as a result of the wind-driven brush fire that began this morning in a remote canyon area north of the city, reports KTLA. The blaze has spread to 1,000 acres.

Direct Relief has N-95 particulate masks (which have a higher filtration than paper and surgical masks) on standby as well as other fire-related inventory such as inhalers and nebulizers, first-aid products, medical supplies for eye irritation, and personal care products. These supplies are ready to send to partners should they be requested for potentially affected patients.

When smoke levels are high enough, even healthy people can experience symptoms of abnormal breathing, coughing, chest discomfort and shortness of breath, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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